Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Aeonium Frost Damage Has Benefits


As documented in this post the Aeonium 'Velour' suffered a bit of spring frost damage. I thought it was just some damage of the outer leaves. However the rosette of the central stem shrivelled up and died. But much to my surprise two little rosettes grew to replace the old one. This should provide some interesting branching. The growth habit of this Aeonium is funny anyhow.

The central stem keeps on producing new rosettes in the leaf axles. This should mean it branches out wildly.


However in the mature side branches there is no branching. This may be a matter of time, we shall see.


It is also quite amazing just how dark it got. It is almost as dark as the Zwartkop but it does have more green in the rosette.
 This is the Aeonium 'Zwartkop', which is darkening nicely. I really hope this gets to grow a bit faster now the temperature has gone up a bit. I hope if it grows enough I can take a cutting and get it to branch out more.

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